Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Downward Facing Tree Pose
adhomukha = having the face downwards
vrksaa = tree
This can be one of the most difficult poses in which to breathe effectively because of the challenges of balancing, inverting, and doing strong upper-body actions. Many people instinctively hold the breath, partly out of fear, but also because of a need to stabilize the movements of the spine. Of course, to maintain this balance for more than a few seconds, the breath must be integrated into the pose -- not necessarily as deep, full breaths, but as efficient breaths that don’t disrupt the balancing or stabilizing actions of the core musculature.
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